Project Lemon Tree: The Living, Outdoor Classroom
Project Lemon Tree is a living, outdoor classroom program where Bizgenics provides free lemon trees and design-thinking sessions to Hawai’i schools. Public and private schools on all islands as well as businesses and community locations are also invited to participate. The program anchors a curriculum system for grades K-12 in the subjects of agriculture, farm-to-table, culinary, ecology, water conservation, Ahupa’a eco-ag systems (native Hawaiian plants), trellis building (architecture, engineering and construction), crafts, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
The Lemon Tree, of all cultivated plants, is one of the most efficient at removing C02 from the atmosphere (see Study). Lemon Tree highlights:
- A top reducer of C02.
- Drought tolerant, zero-scape plant.
- Non-rodent due to high acidity of fruit.
- Non-invasive root structures, with a small root ball to canopy ratio of 1:2.
- Low pest plant, suitable for organic production.
- Wide climatic suitability.
- High-value agriculture crop.
- Agriculture showcase of grafting multiple citrus on single trees.
- Illustrates product mobility eco-costs as Hawai’i currently imports 97.5% of lemons consumed.
- Used in most cultural cuisines.
- Trellis structures to support faster growth and wider canopies provide shade, outdoor classrooms, STEM learning and career pathways to building trades (architecture, engineering, construction).
- Innovation & entrepreneurship experiences though our companion program LemonadeAlley.
Schools & Youth Centers: Join PLT!
Reserve lemon trees today and start your planning & approval process. For more on design-thinking and to sign up, see the official webpage at: EcoOpps.com »
Companies & Orgs: Adopt a Class Today!
Companies and organizations are invited to adopt classes from our list of participating schools. Each adoption provides lemon trees, a teacher’s guide and 30 student journals. Sign up at: EcoOpps.com »
Build an Outdoor Classroom
Design-Thinking: Drawing a Pergola
Students get inventive with potted lemons, espalier (shaped trees) and trellis structures!
Design-Thinking: Build a Scale Model